April 24-29, Fribourg, Switzerland, Road - WorldTour

2018 Tour de Romandie overview


 

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the 2018 Tour de Romandie, wrapping up the yellow jersey on Sunday as Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) sprinted to victory on the final stage

Roglic built his success against the clock, finishing third in the prologue and second in the stage 3 mountain time trial, before defending his lead against Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing) through the mountains on the penultimate day's queen stage

The final stage into Geneva was always likely to end in a bunch sprint, and Roglic finished safely in the peloton to seal the overall title, his second WorldTour stage race success of 2018 after the Vuelta al País Vasco earlier this month. Bernal and Porte rounded out the final podium.

With the Quick-Step Floors duo of Elia Viviani and Fernando Gaviria out of the race due to finishing outside the time limit in the stage 3 time trial, and Sunweb's Michael Matthews out through illness, the door was open for Ackermann to take a first professional victory on the final day. The 24-year-old German got the better of Viviani's lead-out man Michael Morkov in the sprint for the line, with Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) finishing third. 

Results

 
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo17:09:00 
2Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky0:00:08 
3Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:35 
4Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:16 
5Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:01:23 
6Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:32 
7Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:02:49 
8Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:09 
10Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates0:03:12 

Stage 5

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe4:09:51 
2Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors  
3Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
4Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
5Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
6Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
7Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
8Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
9Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott  
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

 

 

 

Overview

The 72nd edition of the Tour de Romandie has attracted an impressive field with defending champion Richie Porte lining up alongside a strong BMC Racing squad that includes Tejay van Garderen and Rohan Dennis. 



In a repeat of last year’s race, the Tour de Romandie begins with a short individual test against the clock. There are few opportunities for the sprinters, with the route heavily stacked towards the GC contenders and strong all-rounders. There may not be any true mountain summit finishes in the race but every stage, bar the time trials, has over 1,000m of climbing with the queen stage in Sion set to shape the fight for the leader’s jersey. The individual uphill time trial to Villars will be just as important.

BMC Racing are not the only squad looking to win the overall. Team Sky arrive with Geraint Thomas and neo pros Egan Bernal and Pavel Sivakov on each of the Welshman’s flanks. Thomas De Gendt and Steve Cummings will surely feature in breakaways, while Dan Martin, Rui Cosa, Primoz Roglic, Pierre Latour, and Jakob Fulgsang are among the GC contenders.

Fernando Gavira and Elia Viviani will lead the line for Quick-Step Floors in the sprints, and should face opposition from Michael Matthews, Sonny Colbrelli, and Pascal Ackerman.

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